Robert Milkins Player Profile
Robert Milkins Stats Date of birth: 6 March, 1976 Nationality: England First turned professional: 1995 Highest ranking: 12 Ranking titles: 2 Triple Crown titles: 0 Crucible best: last 16 Masters appearances: 2 147 breaks: 2
Few players would enjoy being regarded as a journeyman, but Robert Milkins certainly meets the criteria.
The Englishman has had a long and respectable career since first turning professional all the way back in 1995.
In his decades on the Main Tour since, Milkins has bounced up and down the rankings list, featured at the business end of some notable tournaments, and ultimately etched his name onto a piece of silverware.
Despite briefly being ranked at number 21 in the world rankings in his earlier seasons on the circuit, Milkins spent the majority of the first half of his career in the middle of the field.
With natural talent and flair that made him attractive to watch but prone to unforced errors, he was too good to be relegated but never consistent enough to break into the higher echelons.
That was until Barry Hearn took over at the helm of the sport in 2010.
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Like many other players, Milkins was one from further down the pecking order who seemed to benefit the most from the greater playing opportunities.
The Milkman started delivering on a more regular basis, reaching the final of the 2011 Snooker Shoot Out invitational and finishing runner-up at the the minor-ranking Ruhr Open in 2014.
Between 2012 and 2017, Milkins reached five ranking event semi-finals, a streak of good form that helped his ranking rise to a career-best of number 12.
For a long time that was as good as it got, and it appeared as though he would have to live with the reputation of a nearly man.
That all changed in a peculiar few weeks toward the end of the 2021/22 snooker season, though.
Celebrating his birthday while participating in the 2022 Turkish Masters, Milkins generated headlines for the wrong reasons after a drunken episode resulted in him being hospitalised and fined by the governing body.
But just a couple of weeks later, he responded in remarkable fashion by powering his way to glory in the Gibraltar Open – beating Kyren Wilson in the final.
Aged 46, Milkins became the oldest first-time winner of a ranking event since Doug Mountjoy at the 1988 UK Championship.
Just under a year later, he added a second piece of silverware with success in the 2023 Welsh Open – a victory that saw him pocket a champion’s cheque worth £80,000 but also a £150,000 bonus for topping the 2022/23 BetVictor Series rankings.
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Ranking Event Victories
- 2022 Gibraltar Open
- 2023 Welsh Open
Other Notable Victories
- Pink Ribbon pro-am (2017)
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Robert Milkins Player Profile
SHQ Stars: How it works
|Rating||SHQ Stars||Career Requirements|
|Black||★★★★★★★||multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)|
|Pink||★★★★★★||world champion; 10+ ranking titles; multiple winner of triple crown events; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 3)|
|Blue||★★★★★||winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)|
|Brown||★★★★||2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)|
|Green||★★★||ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)|
|Yellow||★★||member of top 64|